Here are some tips I offer my clients who are planning a birthday magic show.
1. Hilarious laughter is encouraged!! - It is fine for children to have fun and make lots of appropriate noises and squeals during the show. Jeffini will encourage that.
2. Fewer distractions make the show better for everyone -- Please wait to hand out toys, candy, prizes, or snacks until after the show. The children will all enjoy the show much better if they don’t have anything in their hands during the performance. Also, please turn off all TVs and music in the house during the performance.
3. Guests & parents - Please ask adults who want to watch the show to sit in the back quietly and refrain from talking, texting, or using their cell phones. They are more than welcome to do so in another room, but please encourage them to place the focus on the children and not distract the kids while the performance is going on. Placing their cell phones on silent mode is also a great idea. Jeffini focuses on entertaining the children. He may even fool a few parents, but the goal is to entertain the kids.
4. Small children and infants – Jeffini’s magic shows are designed to be ideal for 4 year olds and up. If there are younger children in attendance, I am counting on parents to supervise them. It is best if they aren’t allowed to roam free during the performance. If small children or infants begin to cry or make distracting noise, it may be best to have them removed from the room for a time in order to help the other children focus on the performance and make the show as terrific as possible for the birthday child.
5. Remember your cameras!! (and batteries) Please feel free to take photos . . . but understand that flash photography really distracts from the show. We can set up a few posed photos after the show with the birthday child and Wiggles if you’d like to make sure you get good photos.
6. Wiggles the Bunny - Please encourage children not to poke or prod Wiggles the Bunny when they have a chance to pet him at the end of the show. Also, remind them that he does have teeth and it is best to keep small fingers away from his mouth . . . they tend to look a lot like carrots to Wiggles, and he loves carrots :)
7. Balloons - Parents should monitor the use of the balloon sculptures after the children receive them. Small children should not hold the balloons as they may break and can cause injury.
8. Let me know -- Jeffini likes to involve children in the show. If you know of any child that should not be asked to be on stage for any reason, please let Jeffini know before the show. If any child has any special needs, please let me know that as well.
9. Potty Break - It is wise to remind the children to use the restroom prior to the show . . . especially if they eat and drink just before the performance. This will also help to limit the distractions. Children can get VERY excited during Jeffini’s show . . . and . . . well . . . it’s just best to have the potty break BEFORE the show . . . ;)
10. To start the show – It is best to have all the children line up just outside of the room or venue where the show will be performed. Jeffini will meet them there and lead them into the performance space. He will help them find the best seats. He will set the atmosphere for a wonderful show. Please don’t allow the children to come into the performance space before or after show time.
11. To end the show – Jeffini will have all the children line up ready to head out of the performance room/space and they can pet Wiggles the Bunny on the way out. Please have at least one parent who can assist in this process.
WOW - We just had the most marvelous time entertaining hundreds of children and adults at this year's Celebrate Freedom Festival here in Atlanta. The festival is produced by 104.7, The FISH radio station... our favorite Christian station in Metro Atlanta. They are wonderful to work with and a real joy. This year, we presented 3 stage shows on the children's stage and one short routine on the main stage. Our second show was rudely interrupted by a rain shower, so we had to quickly make our props disappear from the stage . . . and the rain made the audience vanish as well.
But lots of folks came back for the third show which we performed with just a few items out of our pocket (since pretty much everything else was wet in the van). My family also had fun working our booth making nearly 500 balloon sculptures for boys and girls and their parents. We gave away a free magic show in our drawing and all had a wonderful time. After our shows, we were blessed by Stephen Curtis Chapman's concert.
We want to say thank you to Charis, who booked us for the third year, and to all the folks that work so hard to make Celebrate Freedom a grand success.
Make sure you make your way to see Jeffini on the main Children's stage at Celebrate Freedom in Atlanta on August 30th. I will be performing three shows and will have a booth where you can stop by and visit. Bring sunscreen and lots of water... it's going to be a bit warm. I hope to see you there.
Premier Performance of Safety Safari
This past Wednesday, we presented the premier performance of our new Safety Safari show. We performed the 45 minute presentation for over one hundred children and a whole lot of adults at Chestnut Mountain Presbyterian Church in Flowery Branch, GA.
It was great fun for one and all. Vern the Bird showed up when four children selected one huge laundry basket out of six baskets for him to appear in. He gave us all a lesson about wearing the right helmet when riding our bike. We then learned about crossing streets, obeying the traffic signals, not touching guns (and never pointing them at Leo the Lion or anyone else), staying away from poisons, and protecting our brains. We ended the evening with the importance of trusting Jesus as our true Savior and the ONLY way to completely live a safe life.
What great fun. Thank you to Chestnut Mountain Presbyterian for having us.
May 20th, 2014
Congratulations to North Georgia Christian School in Flowery Branch, Georgia, as they have celebrated their thirty year anniversary. They had over three hundred guests join in a wonderful afternoon celebration with BBQ dinner, a silent and live auction, their annual art show, their spring concert with all the students singing, and some terrific activities for the children. Jeffini the Magician was invited to entertain the children while the adults participated in the annual auction. The show was a blast with over a hundred kids, while the school raised over $35,000 through their auction. A big shout out to NGC and thank you for letting Jeffini be a part of such a special day.
Jeffini specializes in family entertainment and magic shows in the Metro Atlanta and north Georgia region.
North Georgia Christian School Assembly
We had a great time sharing with the elementary students at North Georgia Christian School this week. They are a terrific group of children and the teachers there are wonderful to work with.
We shared the Bible stories out of the Gospel of Luke about the Lost Coin, Lost Sheep and Lost Boy. Of course we added a little magic to it and had lots of interaction with the children. Because the Head of school said I couldn't bring in sheep, I brought Wiggles the Magic Bunny instead and shared the story of the "Lost Bunny" and the "Bunnyherd" (instead of "shepherd"). We made sure to help the children know that God is just like the woman, the shepherd and the father in these stories -- and that once the coin, sheep and boy were found, there was a great big Party!! You should have heard the children laugh when we were finding coins all over the place in children's ears, hair, and noses through the audience. And you would have loved the squeals of delight when Wiggles the "Lost Bunny" magically was found. Some of the teachers said Jeffini should come do all their chapels!! We look forward to being back at NGC again soon.
Wiggles and Hopper added to the show
Jeffini would like to welcome Wiggles and Hopper to the show!! Wiggles and Hopper are new dwarf bunnies that are enjoying their new private room (and quite frankly all the rooms in the house) along with all the attention they are receiving our kids at home and from all the boys and girls they meet at schools, libraries and birthday parties.
When interviewed, they both said they most appreciate the hay and carrots and are getting very comfortable with their new family. If you would like to meet Wiggles or Hopper, invite them to your next party . . . and you might ask that they bring along Jeffini as well.
Can you make my child float?
Ever since I began entertaining children when I was only 10 years old myself, people have asked me if I could make them float. My standard answer has always been, "Well, sure. I just need a big glass, 2 scoops of ice cream and a lot of root beer!"
Seriously, though, I used to make an audience member float and had that illusion in the act for around 20 years until it just got too much trouble to carry around with the show. (Always a bit heavy and bulky . . . most folks probably don't think about floating as being heavy, but magicians do.) Well, I decided to go ahead and put that effect back into our children's show and we now offer to make the "birthday child" float -- it's great for pictures and a memory that will last a life-time.
There is a bit of a weight limit on the child who floats. After all those "wires" and helium balloons can only hold so much, but we have been having lots of fun with the new illusion. If you would like to have your (small) child float - why not invite Jeffini the Magician to your party. Oh . . . and feel free to throw in some root beer and ice cream. Wiggles the bunny loves root beer floats!!
Jeffini the Atlanta Magician has entertained children, families and adults for over 40 years. Jeffini enjoys using magic, puppets, story-telling, and drama to entertain, motivate and educate children of all ages.